PhilSec 2022 Set to Discuss Strategies to Strengthen Philippines’ Cybersecurity

With 74 million active internet users, the Philippines has been constantly battling a rich state of cybercrime. So much so that the National Bureau of Investigation’s Cybercrime Division recorded a 200 percent increase in the phishing campaigns since the country went into lockdown in March 2020.
Taking heed from the situation, Tradepass has taken the initiative to host the 2nd edition PhilSec on 12-13 July 2022 in Manila. In a pursuit to bolster the country’s cyber landscape, the mega scale cybersecurity summit now has Allan S Cabanlong, the author of National Cybersecurity Plan 2022 and Joey Fontiveros, the Deputy Commander/Commanding Officer-Army Signal Regiment as its Advisory Board Members.

In a statement issued, following the association announcement for the Advisory board, Allan S Cabanlong expressed, “PhilSec 2022 is one of a kind event that brings together cybersecurity experts around the globe to discuss pressing issues of cyber threats and cyber risks. I spoke and gave my insights in PhilSec 2021 which was held online and looking forward to a more collaborative engagement through a face-to-face conference this July in the Philippines! Kudos to the organizers.”

“PhilSec 2022 will be an exciting one as this will be a big convention of knowledge exchange across industry practitioners who demonstrated excellence and commitment in their respective domains. This is also the time to hear about actual experiences that will enable the participants to apply in its work environment as a guide to better manage the challenges that come along,” said Mel Migrino, Vice President and Group CISO, Meralco.

Leading organizations like Delinea, Okta, Recorded Future, CrowdStrike, CyberArk, Rubrik, BlueVoyant, Claroty, Synology and Tenable will lead the summit and showcase their thought leadership and cutting-edge solutions to 600+ cybersecurity experts including the Heads of Information Security, Risk, Compliance, Forensics and Cyber Law from the leading public and private enterprises across the Philippines.

The summit will power two knowledge-packed days filled with insightful presentations on the most pressing industry topics, deep dive panel discussions with the leading thought leaders, live showcase of the best cybersecurity solutions and abundant networking opportunities.

Some of the confirmed speakers for the summit include Allan S Cabanlong, Advisor & Former Assistant Secretary – Cybersecurity & Enabling Technologies, DICT; Lcol Francel Margareth Taborlupa, Battalion Commander – Philippine Army, Armed Forces of the Philippines; Mel Migrino, Vice President and Group CISO, Meralco; Angel Redoble, First Vice President, CISO, PLDT Group, ePLDT Group and Smart; Noel Cuestas, Chief – Audio, Video Forensic Section – Digital Forensic Unit, Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group; Marlon Sorongon, CISO, Maybank – Philippines and New York and many others.

Carrine Teoh, Chief Strategy Officer, Bond Holdings, is of the opinion, “Cybersecurity is a field where knowledge sharing and collaboration are key, while keeping abreast with technology. PhilSec2022 is a good platform to engagement for such purposes.”

Some of the crucial topics from the summit include: ‘Cyber Defense for Philippines’ Critical Infrastructure’, ‘Breaking the Cyber Kill Chain’, ‘Addressing The Importance of DevSecOps’, “Dark Web and Cryptocurrencies”, “Digital Forensics”, “Securing Application Layers With Effective WAF Gateway Technology” and many more.

Organizer and CEO of Tradepass, Sudhir Jena expressed, “PhilSec 2022 will bring together all the best names from Philippines” cybersecurity under one roof, thereby posing a networking opportunity like no other. Also, considering the heightened state of cybercrime in the country, the event platform will play a crucial role in encouraging collaboration between the public and private sectors.”

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Experts discuss ways to transform India through Geospatial knowledge & infrastructure

Experts discussed ways for transforming India through geospatial knowledge and infrastructure with the help of national geospatial policy that can facilitate the accessibility of data, create effective human resources, encourage collaboration between government, industry, and academia as knowledge partners and increase the usability of the data, at a breakaway session of the post-budget webinar on Technology-Enabled Development inaugurated by the Prime Minister. 

“Data generation and data governance are crucial components of geospatial technologies, and effective collaboration between government, academia, and industry is needed for them. The government is removing all restrictions to resolve the issues for better outreach of the data. Once the data is made accessible, its potential is immense to provide solutions in numerous sectors. In order to effectively implement all these, trained man power is necessary at all levels,” said Dr. Kiran Kumar, former Secretary, Department of Space and former Chairman, ISRO, at the breakaway session titled ‘Transforming India through geospatial knowledge and infrastructure: the need for national geospatial policy’, led by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). 

“We need to have mechanisms in which the government and industry can work as partners; validations can be given to the solutions provided by the industry, and we need the right people with the right skills who can take these initiatives forward. The Budget 2022 discussed the data collection and its accessibility, and this needs to be leveraged,” Dr. Kumar added at the webinar on 2nd March 2022. The webinar titled “Technology-enabled development” was organized by Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) along with several scientific ministries and departments of the Government of India.

Dr. Shanthanu Bhatawdekar, Director, EOA & DMS Program Office, ISRO, highlighted that the government should share domain expertise in this area with the private for deeper penetration of the technologies. A federated ecosystem should be built for government and non-government entities to minimize redundancy and make data easily accessible. He also underlined the need for ministries, line departments, and the geospatial industry to work in unison.

“We need a roadmap for geospatial R&D system, technology generation, education, data sharing, encouraging academic startups, and we need to leapfrog to meet the global benchmark, said Dr. Bharat Lohani, Professor, IIT Kanpur. He also emphasized on the need for standaisation of data and its unification on the basis of the quality of data.

Dr. Prakash Chauhan, Director, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun stressed on enhancing the reach of geo-spatial data in terms of user specifications to be used in different sectors. “In India, there exist different mechanisms for the generation of data and their availability. A proper channel of updating those data and collating the data is necessary. Besides, we need to create a localized ecosystem to harness the IT capabilities of the country and localized data for creating a foundation for development of Geospatial Technologies. ISRO has created a dataset, and it needs to be disseminated through cloud-based services,” he added.

Drawing on current geopolitical scenarios, Mr. Rakesh Verma, Chairman, MapMyIndia, underlined the increasing necessity to develop indigenous technologies and disseminate them to the users to minimize the dependency on foreign entities. He said that there is no dearth of talent in India, and hence the Geospatial industry could be Atmanirbhar with such resources. He highlighted examples of mobile mapping developed in India, which can be extended to the entire country.

“We need to develop indigenous software and hardware by supporting indigenous companies, and this would require creating industrial capacity, incubators, mobilizing capital, some of which may be in the form of geospatial industrial development fund, public-private partnerships, international competitiveness, local manufacturing, and finally a sound industrial strategy for manifold growth,” Mr. Sanjay Kumar CEO, Geospatial World, pointed out.

Ms. Abhilasha Purwar, Founder & CEO, Blue Sky Analytics, highlighted ways in which the geospatial data can make India a leader in climate action and discussions by incorporating satellite intelligence and data into the climate discussions.

Joint Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Shri Sunil Kumar, highlighted the government reforms in geospatial technology and drone technology and also discussed about SWAMITVA Project to provide ownership titles to villagers.

The final recommendations included leveraging human capital that the country already has to develop products and solutions using geospatial data, introduction of new courses at UG and PG level in Geo-informatics, standardization of professional services provided by surveyors and GIS professionals through industry-led certification and research emphasis in areas like high-resolution Geospatial datasets. The recommendations also involved encouraging local cloud services, improvement of public procurement by way of quality RFP documents, developing expertise in evaluating and certifying tender works as per laid out specification, moving beyond tenders to collaborate with industry, leveraging government data and technology of the industry to build revenue models, improvement in capital availability to start ups and other businesses, geospatial investment fund, geospatial industry development strategy as well as sectoral development plans.






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NASA Sets Briefing to Discuss Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Next Steps

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter team will discuss plans for the rotorcraft’s remaining flight campaign during a virtual media briefing at 12:30 p.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. PDT) Friday, April 30. The helicopter has flown successfully three times and completed its mission objectives, and engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California aim to push the limits of what this experiment can do.

The briefing will stream live on the NASA JPL YouTube channel, the NASA app and the agency’s website.

Briefing participants include:

  • Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters
  • MiMi Aung, Ingenuity project manager at JPL
  • J. “Bob” Balaram, Ingenuity chief engineer at JPL
  • Ken Farley, Perseverance project scientist at Caltech
  • Jennifer Trosper, Perseverance rover deputy project manager at JPL

Members of the media who wish to participate in the briefing by telephone must provide their name and affiliation to Rexana Vizza at no later than 10:30 a.m. EDT (7:30 a.m. PDT) Friday, April 30. Members of the public may also ask questions on social media during the briefing using #MarsHelicopter.

The Ingenuity technology demonstration is supported by NASA’s Science, Aeronautics Research, and Space Technology mission directorates. JPL, managed for NASA by Caltech in Pasadena, California, built and manages operations for Ingenuity and the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.

Follow Ingenuity via the @NASA, @NASAJPL, and @NASAMars Twitter accounts; NASA, NASAJPL and NASAMars Facebook accounts; and the NASA and NASAJPL Instagram accounts.

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Canada – Minister Carr to discuss the she-cession and Budget 2021

Media representatives are advised that the Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies, will be meeting with business leaders in Saskatchewan to discuss the 2021 Budget and the Government of Canada’s plan to invest in building a recovery that gives all women in Canada the ability to fully participate in our economy.

After the event, there will be a media availability with the Minister and the following individuals:

Her Worship Sandra Masters, Mayor of Regina
Gudie Hutchings, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development
Prabha Mitchell, CEO of Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan

Media will be able to ask questions via teleconference (details included below).

Media will be able to view the news conference via Zoom (registration required, details below).

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Time: 12:45 p.m. (Central Time)

Media who wish to participate by phone can dial in by using the numbers below. Please dial in 15 minutes before the start of the news conference. (Note: only teleconference participants will be able to ask questions.)

Participant dial-in numbers: 1-877-413-4814 or 613-960-7519

Access Code: 9037093#

To view the news conference via Zoom, please send an email to

Registrations must be completed no later than 10:45 a.m. (Central Time) on Tuesday, April 27.

Canada – Minister Ng to discuss Budget 2021

Ottawa, Ontario

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, will meet with Jeanette Jackson, CEO of Burnaby-based Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre, to discuss opportunities for clean tech businesses, both in Canada and abroad.

Event: Minister Ng to meet with Foresight
Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Time: 2:15 p.m. (ET) / 11:15 a.m. (PT)

Note: Journalists can register with Youmy Han ( to receive log-in information.

Youmy Han

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade